Summer Boredom Busters For Kids

The Boredom Buster Jar!

I was so excited to discover on Smockity Frocks this link to The Happy Housewife with a free download of ideas for when your children are bored!!!

We printed out the download, my son cut the pieces and folded them and now our jar is ready to go!  The next time they say they are bored – they will choose an idea from the jar and that is what they will do for the next 30 minutes!

Busy hands and busy minds keep children out of trouble!

Here’s what else we’ve been up to – and some ideas if you are looking for something to do.  Take note: there are NO crafts…I’m terrible at crafts.  I feel badly about this – just being honest.  If you are a crafty mom – I think my daughter would like to move in with you lol!

Washing Bikes

Our very fancy backyard pool lol!  I told my husband when I lay on that raft and close my eyes – I can’t even tell that I’m not in some huge fancy in ground pool!  I love this!  And it’s fun to spin the kids on too!

Making bouquets from the flowers around our house!

A trip in a small airplane.

School work at Starbucks!

The zoo! I love looking at God’s creation – so do the children!

Our Doodle books! These are SO much fun!

Doodling outside!

The slip and slide!

Nerf Gun Wars

Play dates – these are the sweet mamas!  You might recognize Janelle from Comfy In The Kitchen on the far right!

Friends lined up to go down the slip-n-slide!

Summer Vacation Bible School (this is a picture from last year – we’ll be headed here in July!)

The Library and reading outside!  This is my favorite!

Some have asked if we are doing any summer school.  We are taking the month of June off and then in July we’ll be focusing on the basics: Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic.  We are reading library books and the Bible.  We are writing in our journals and writing out verses.  And we’ll be doing some flash cards for math.

Have a GREAT summer with your kids!  Remember how quickly it goes – savor the moments and enjoy your children!

Please feel free to share in the comment section some of your boredom busters!

Walk with the King!



  1. Kara says

    This post rings of "summer fun" :)
    Hard not to smile at all these cute photos!
    A little boredom is good…brings on the creativity…but I also love having these back up ideas.
    Ours would LOVE a jar like this to pick out of…thanks!

  2. Darlene Schacht says

    I hope you all don't mind that I put a link to the writing contest. I thought it was marriage related and that a lot of readers might like it. If you want to delete it, you can. No problem.

    And I LOVE those summer photos. I'm just addicted to summer.

  3. April @ The 21st Century Housewife says

    Summers do go by so fast…and they are times to be treasured. Looks like you have definitely got some fun things planned! And I love the activity jar – what a fantastic idea! Thank you for hosting the link up. I'm looking forward to being inspired by the other wonderful links.

  4. One Day at aTime says

    Great blog,i love the Boredom buster jar that is so cool! I am not a crafty person either so don't feel too bad! :)

  5. Three Thinking Mothers says

    Summer is such a great time, isn't it? My kids have set up a "track" of sorts between our yard and the neighbor's yard (Driveway) and they get going in a huge bicycle parade in the early evenings – complete with singing, bells ringing, etc… It's GREAT!

    I loved your post today.

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  7. island girl says

    Oh, thank you for this post! It made me smile and love the pics! My daughter had the same gymboree dress when she was of her favorites:) I hear other parents comment on what do they do with their kids over the summer…I never understood that. There is so much to do!! Great post, thank you so much. Oh, of course I'm following on GFC, Twitter…and FB I think LOL. Have a great week!!

  8. Valerie says

    I LOVE the idea jar! I know this will be a great tool for my children…well at least I hope so. :) Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  9. Katie says

    I LOVE the ideas! Thank you for sharing that you are not a crafty mom! I am not either and I feel really bad about it sometimes! But, I am fun in other ways and need to remember that… and let my kids hang out with moms who are crafty sometimes!

  10. DoleValleyGirl says

    My kids love those Doodle books! So much artistic silliness is inspired each time they get them out. :) Thanks for hosting! I'm sharing two posts today; one on "blessings" and the other is a recipe for baklava muffins which are super yummy. Blessings! ~Lisa

  11. Alyssa says

    WHat a cute idea. I definitely need to do this as my kids get soooo bored!

    I haven't been blogging much lately and want to jump back into the mom blog community. I restarted my blog Life from my Laptop and I'm happy to be back Courtney and hope to connect more with you as youo're one of my favorite bloggers.


  12. Darlene Schacht says

    Back for another comment. I LOVE the idea of doing school work at Starbucks. What a great way to study for a test or work on homework!! Both homeschooling, and traditional schooling parents could enjoy this. What is that even called? Traditional? I have no clue. I didn't want to write "normal" or "regular" because I always felt that was a shot. I'll call us traditional schoolers "abnormal" hows that? LOL

    I keep on coming back for a look at your photos.

  13. LeAnn says

    You are one busy mother doing many fun things with your children. I loved the jar idea and will try it for grandchildren that are visiting.
    Blessings to you!

  14. Anonymous says

    I'm not very crafty either but I do like to find project ideas and let the kids do crafts at their leisure- great for rainy days!! I do something around the house while they work on a project!

  15. Lisa V. says

    LOL…I was just saying this week to another mom that volunteered for the craft group for VBS that I am SO not crafty. And I love when the moms that DO love crafts say "oh, it's easy!". Not for me! LOL well it's nice to see there are others here that feel just the same. I just have a silly question. What do you let your children have to drink at Starbucks? That is a fantastic idea to go there to do some work…and for momma to get herself some coffee!

  16. Courtney (Women Living Well) says

    Lisa V – they like the Vanilla Bean milkshake at Starbucks :-) and hot cocoa!!!


  17. Rhen@ Yes, they are all mine says

    Can I do my schoolwork with a Starbuck's, please? :)
    Thank you for sharing some wonderful ideas!

  18. Pamela says

    Oh what fun! Love the jar. The doodle books really interested me, too. I wish I would have had the whole blog experience when my children were little. Now I just pass on the great ideas for my grandkids.

    May your day be filled with joy,

  19. kaanangira says

    This is a great idea! My kids have been screaming for something to do lately, so I jumped at this idea. I did a variation of it though & used rocks instead of paper. It turned out great! Take a peek at my blog post on this!


  1. […] Here are other great lists of things to do.  Of course Pinterest is full of good suggestions, too.  The point is, someone has to plan, and that someone is you, Mom.  Don’t let the summer slip by with everyone plopped in front of the television or behind an iPad screen.  Make good use of these months to create wonderful memories of fun times as a family! […]

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